DALLAS (SMU) - Thanks in part to persistent defensive pressure, the SMU women's basketball team scored 13 second-half points off Maine turnovers to roll past the Black Bears by the score of 58-44 Sunday afternoon at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. With the win, SMU improves to 2-0 on the young season while Maine still looks for its first win of the season (0-3).
Maine scored the first points of the game but that was the last time the Black Bears would hold a lead. SMU's tenacious defense was put into motion right from the opening tip-off and did not let down until the final game horn. The Mustangs were also able to score on high percentage shots in the paint. SMU slowly built up a seven-point lead at halftime, 24-17. In the second half, SMU shot nearly 41% from the field and once again, created offense from its defense. The Mustangs' lead was extended to as many as 21 points (52-31 with 5:46 remaining), but the Black Bears did not give up, using a full-court pressure. Maine did cut the lead to 14 points near the end of the game, but it was too little, too late for Maine.
Three SMU players scored in double figures, led by junior Sarah Davis with 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior Kendall Shead posted 11 points, eight rebounds and tied her career-high mark with seven steals. Freshman Janielle Dodds contributed 13 points with six rebounds in an entertaining game.
SMU continues its homestand with the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic this Friday and Saturday at Moody Coliseum. McNeese State takes on Mississippi Friday at 5:00 p.m. followed by Mercer and SMU at 7:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively. Proceeds from the Classic benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.